AHA005 – Colors of Vietnam & Thailand 13 days / 11 nights

Validity: 01 November 2018 – 31 October 2019

Depart for Vietnam to Ho Chi Minh City. Begin experience in bustling HCMC and visit the Opera House, Notre Dame Cathedral, Post office, Hotel de Ville and the Reunification Palace. Flight to Danang to visit the Ancient Town in Hoi An. Enjoy a half-day walking tour and visit Chua Ong Pagoda. Visit the Marble Mountains and a handicraft village. Flight to Hanoi on day 7, visit the colonial capital city, famous for tree-lined boulevards, French colonial architecture, peaceful lakes and classic pagodas and temples. Departure to Hanoi and Halong Bay. Tour will end  back to Bangkok.

Excursion Description

DAY 1 : Depart for Vietnam
Depart for Vietnam

DAY 2 : Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (B/-/-)
You will be met at the HCMC airport by your guide, who will take you to your hotel to check in. You’ll have free time to relax or explore, then it’s off to dinner and a renowned restaurant before your overnight stay in HCMC.
Overnight: Ho Chi Minh City

DAY 3 : Ho Chi Minh City (B/-/-)
You will begin your urban experience in bustling HCMC (formerly Saigon), the country’s commercial center and home to a growing number of upscale restaurants and shops. You will visit the Opera House, Notre Dame Cathedral, Post office, Hotel de Ville and the Reunification Palace. Next up, you will explore colorful outdoor markets and Dong Khoi Street, the city’s main shopping boulevard with shops selling clothes and accessories by new Vietnamese designers, hill tribe crafts, high quality linens and housewares. You will surely be ready for another relaxing overnight stay in HCMC.
Overnight: Ho Chi Minh City

DAY 4 : Ho Chi Minh City / Hoi An (B/-/-)
You will be free until transfer to the airport for a short flight to Danang.
Upon arrival at Danang International airport, you will be greeted and transferred to the hotel in Hoi An. You will have free time to walk through the narrow winding streets of Ancient Town before an overnight stay in Hoi An.
Overnight: Hoi An

DAY 5: Hoi An (B/-/-)
From the 16th to 18th centuries, Hoi An was a thriving international commercial port for Chinese, Dutch, French, Japanese, Portuguese and Arab traders. Trading was primarily for high grade silk, which is still produced in the area, as well as ceramics. Today, Hoi An is a quaint riverside town, popular with tourists for its eclectic architecture, tailors shops, and numerous cafes. Some of the buildings in the narrow streets have remained unchanged for more than a century. You will enjoy a half-day walking tour through the narrow winding streets of the Ancient Quarter, visiting Chua Ong Pagoda, the Chinese Assembly Halls, the 200-year old Tam Ky ancestral house, and the Japanese Bridge. Following the tour, there will be free time for shopping, including visits to local tailors who can do custom made clothing very quickly. Then, you’ll take a break and have a peaceful evening stay.
Overnight: Hoi An

DAY 6: Hoi An / Hue (B/-/-)
You will leave Hoi An for another World Heritage site, Hue, via the Hai Van pass. You will stop to visit the Marble Mountains and a handicraft village before arriving in Hue, where you will tour sites including the Citadel, the Forbidden Purple City, the Imperial Museum and Dong Ba market. In the evening you may enjoy the fine cuisine of Hue at a local restaurant and then have an overnight stay.
Overnight: Hue

DAY 7: Hue / Hanoi (B/-/-)
You will transfer to the airport for a flight to Hanoi, the colonial capital city, famous for tree-lined boulevards, French colonial architecture, peaceful lakes and classic pagodas and temples. In the afternoon you will explore Hanoi, from the fascinating Old Quarter by cyclo to hundreds of specialty shops selling silk clothing, lacquer-ware, embroidered linens, furniture, bamboo, cooking utensils, ceremonial objects and more. You can also shop for impressive modern art in the city’s many galleries after visiting Hanoi’s main cultural attractions, including the Fine Arts Museum and the Temple of Literature. In the evening you will attend the world-famous Water Puppet Show.
Overnight: Hanoi

DAY 8 : Hanoi / Halong Bay (B/-/-)

08:00 Start departure from Hanoi (if transfer is booked or already included in the package).
12:00 Arrive to Bhaya Cruise Centre at Tuan Chau Island.
12:45 Board: Welcome drinks and a quick briefing of the itinerary and safety information by our Cruise Manager.
13:00 Let the vacation begin with a lunch buffet as the boat cruises towards South East Halong Bay, passing by Chicken Rock, Finger Islet, and Frog Islet.
15:00 Arrive to Dark and Bright Lagoon and visit the area by rowboat or kayak. Kayaks can be booked in advance at reception. Anticipate a great chance to see Cat Ba Langur, one of the rarest langurs left.
16:30 Return to main boat for swimming around the area, relaxing on sundeck or indulging yourself with spa service.
17:00 Bar opens for the Happy Hour “Buy one get one free”.
17:30 Cooking demonstration with traditional Vietnamese food on the sundeck (or in the restaurant if weather does not allow).
19:00 Set menu dinner will be served in the restaurant.
21:00 Free time to be spent watching a movie in the restaurant, squid fishing at reception, or relaxing at the bar.

DAY 9 : Halong Bay / Hanoi (B/-/-)

06:15 Early start for a Tai Chi demonstration on the sundeck; tea and coffee available.
07:00 Light breakfast will be served in the restaurant.
07:45 Discover Surprise Cave, one of the biggest caves in Halong Bay with beautiful stalactites and stalagmites.
09:00 Back to main boat for check out: please put your baggage out to the corridor and settle your bill at reception.
09:30 Buffet brunch will be served in the restaurant while the boat heads back to harbor.
10:30 Disembark to Tuan Chau Marina and depart for Hanoi (if transfer is booked or already included in the package).
15:00 Return to Hanoi. Overnight: Hanoi

DAY 10 : Hanoi / Flight to Bangkok (B/-/-)
Transfer to Airport for flight to Bangkok.
Arrive at your hotel in Bangkok and spend leisure.
Overnight: Bangkok

DAY 11 : Bangkok (B/-/-)
Morning free for leisure or optional visit Damnoen Saduak Floating Market.
Afternoon visit Jim Thompson House, then excursion Thonburi Klongs Tours with Wat Arun.
Option : Damnoen Saduak FloatingMarket (AM)
Option : Diner Cruise (PM)
Overnight: Bangkok

DAY 12 : Bangkok (B/-/-)
Full day at leisure to explore Bangkok on your own. Or, don’t miss the optional morning tour of Wat Phra Kaew, also known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, and the elaborate 18th century Grand Palace, symbol and ceremonial heart of the kingdom – together they form the most impressive sights in Bangkok. Despite the proximity of the two, there’s a distinct contrast in style between the Thai-inspired Wat Phra Kaew and the European design of the Grand Palace. In the evening, attend the optional Buffet Dinner and stunning performance of the “Journey to the Enchanted Kingdom of Siam”. Boasting over 150 performers, this lavish production delves into Siam’s history and culture
Optional: Half Day Grand Palace & Emerald Buddha (AM)
Optional: Siam Niramit Show & Dinner (PM)
Overnight: Bangkok

DAY 13 : Departure Thailand (B/-/-)
Morning spend the remainder of the day at leisure to enjoy all of the delights of Bangkok on your own. Shop to your heart’s content, visit to the many amazing markets, and try some of the fabulous restaurants in this energetic city.
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight.